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Bogra rape and torture case: Charge sheet submitted against 10 members of ‘Tufan Bahini’

Bogra rape and torture case: Charge sheet submitted against 10 members of ‘Tufan Bahini’
Tufan Sarker (second from left), a former labour leader linked with the ruling Awami League party, along with three of his associates, is escorted by police following their arrest in Bogra on July 29, 2017AFP

Tufan's father-in-law and barber have appealed for exemption from the case, as the allegations against them have not been proven

Bogra Sadar police on Monday submitted a charge sheet against 10 members of the “Tufan Bahini” regarding the rape and torture of a young woman in the Chaksutrapur area of Bogra town.

The charge sheet mentioned that Tufan allegedly raped the victim, a recent SSC graduate, on July 17 last year after luring her into his house in Chaksutrapur with the promise of financial help for her college admission.

Later, when the victim fell ill, she was given birth-control pills and sent home. Subsequently, her family was threatened and told to leave Bogra.

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Officer-in-Charge (OC) Shamim Hasan Talukdar submitted the charge sheet to a juvenile court after a long investigation.

According to the supplementary charge sheet, the accused are expelled Bogra Sramik League leader Tufan Sarker, his wife Tasmin Rahman Asha, Bogra Municipality Ward 2 Councillor Marzia Hasan Rumki, Tufan’s mother-in-law Lovely Rahman Rumi, associates Mehdi Hasan Rupom, Atiqur Rahman Atiq, Md Munna, Ali Azad Dipu, Emarat Alam Khan Jitu and fugitive Samiul Huq Shimul.

Tufan’s father-in-law Jamilur Rahman Runu and barber Robidas, also among the accused, have pleaded for exemption from the case as none of the allegations against them were proven.

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On July 28 last year, Rumki and Rumi had the victim and her mother dragged to the same house again, where Tufan’s aides brutally tortured the victims and had their heads shaved.

Tufan’s wife Asha tried to cover up her husband’s crime by consulting Bogra-2 Municipality councilor Rumki and her mother.

Most of the accused were arrested within a few hours of the case being filed, and Tufan was expelled from his party over the incident.

All of the accused, with the exception of fugitive Shimul, were brought before a juvenile court on the day and the main document of the case was sent to the High Court.

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